The history of Villa Mangiacane has ancient roots. The compelling history of this estate dates back to the late 14th century. The villa was designed by Michelangelo and built for the Machiavelli family. This is why the original construction plans are preserved at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The Machiavelli family sold the villa in 1646 to the Mazzei family, who maintained ownership for over three centuries, until the mid-20th century. In 2001 the property was finally purchased by the current owners, who invested in a multi-million pound renovation plan to restore the villa to its former glory. The restoration was completed in 2007 and the villa opened as a small luxury hotel. Thanks to the illustrious people who contributed to its construction, to those who lived there, but also to the tumultuous historical events that the building witnessed and survived, Villa Mangiacane and its vineyards are today a place where history, art and culture coexist, and they are, without a doubt, a symbol of the Chianti hills south of Florence.